Bradley Gorski

Term Assistant Professor

Bradley Gorski teaches courses at Barnard on 20th and 21st-century Russian literature and culture; on international trends in modernity and modern aesthetics; and on intercultural exchange. He also teaches a First-Year Seminar called Unburied/Undead, on trauma and the cultural imagination.

Prof. Gorski received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Columbia University in 2017. His dissertation, "Authors of Success: Cultural Capitalism and Literary Evolution in Contemporary Russian," looks at four post-Soviet authors who have found innovative pathways to prominence and asks what success means for each of them, how they have pursued it, and how their own success has changed the nature of the literary field. His secondary research interests include subcultures under socialism, disgust in science fiction, medieval festivals in contemporary Russia, and performance as a mode of realism in Gogol.

Prof. Gorski holds a B.A. in Russian from Georgetown University (2007); he has done post-graduate work at St. Petersburg State University (2008), and received his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2017) from Columbia University.

Selected Publications:

“Socialist Realism Inside-Out: Boris Akunin and Mass Literature for the Elites,” With Elegance and Taste: Boris Akunin and Contemporary Russia, eds. Stephen Norris and Elena Baraban, Cornell UP, forthcoming, 2019.

“Enchanted Geographies: Aleksei Ivanov and the Aesthetic Management of Ural Identity,” in Russia’s Regional Identities, eds. Edith W. Clowes, Gisela Erbslöh, Ani Kokobobo, Routledge, forthcoming 2018.

“Manufacturing Dissent: Vassily Aksyonov, Stiliagi, and the Dilemma of Self-Interpretation,” Russian Literature, Special Issue: “Cultures of (Non-)Conformity: From Late Soviet Times to the Present,” Nov/Dec, 2017.


Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance by Elizabeth A. Skomp and Benjamin M. Sutcliffe. Modern Language Review, Vol. 112, Pt. 3 (Jul 2017): 757–58.

The Target (Mishen’), dir. Aleksandr Zeldovich. Tolstoy Studies Journal, Special Issue: “Tolstoy in the Twenty-First Century” (2016): 137–38.

“Totalitarian Sprawl,” review of The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya, trans. Polly Gannon. Public Books, Nov 2015.

Works in Progress:

Cultural Capitalism: Success and Literary Evolution in Post-Soviet Russia (book manuscript)

For a full list of publications and more information, visit

Academic Focus: 

Twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian literature and literary culture
Late- and post-Soviet subjectivity
Sociology and anthropology of culture and cultural production
Digital approaches to the humanities
Posthumanism Affect studies

226-A Milbank
(212) 854-3133
Office Hours: 

MW 4:00-6:00 & by appointment


B.A.- 2007- Russian from Georgetown University
Post-graduate work -2008- St. Petersburg State University
M.A. -2012-
Columbia University
Ph.D. -2017- Columbia University